Make these quick, and easy Healthy Strawberry Overnight Oats in just 5 minutes. You can meal prep this make-ahead breakfast recipe for the week and grab a jar on busy weekday mornings for a yummy treat (gluten-free, can be made vegan).
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About This Recipe
This Healthy Strawberry Overnight Oats is a 5-minute no-cook breakfast or snack recipe that can be made ahead of time.
To make this dump-and-go overnight strawberry vanilla oats recipe, the ingredients are added to a bowl, mixed and refrigerated until you are ready to eat.
It is a great meal-prep recipe too. You can make a big batch for the entire week and transfer it in mason jars. Top with your favorite topping and refrigerate overnight. Now all you have to do is to grab one mason jar and your fiber, protein-rich healthy breakfast or a quick snack is ready the next morning.
The best part about this oats recipe is that you do not need any fancy ingredients. It is made using simple ingredients which are mostly available in the pantry.
Oats – Rolled oats (old-fashioned oats) are the best to make overnight oatmeal. They soak up the liquid without getting mushy.
Yogurt and Milk – Yogurt and milk form a creamy base for these overnight oats. Feel free to use milk and yogurt of your choice. Whole milk, skim milk, or non-dairy milk like coconut milk, almond milk, etc, all work great.
You can replace regular yogurt with plant-based yogurts like coconut yogurt or cashew yogurt.
You can also try using strawberry yogurt for enhanced strawberry flavor.
Greek yogurt also works well in this recipe.
Chia Seeds – Rich in nutrients, chia seeds add great texture to these overnight oats. These are optional though.
Strawberry – Choose fresh and juicy red strawberries to make these overnight oats. While selecting, just see that the strawberries don’t have any black marks and soft patches.
This recipe uses both chopped and pureed strawberries.
If fresh strawberries are not in season, you can use frozen strawberries too. Thaw them and use them in the recipe.
Honey – Add some sweetness with honey. Use maple syrup or agave nectar for a vegan version.
Sugar-free substitutes like monk fruit or stevia can also be used.
Vanilla Extract – Enhance the flavor a little more with vanilla extract.
How To Make Strawberry Overnight Oats
Start by preparing the strawberries. Rinse 8-10 strawberries and chop off their top green leafy part.
Now chop 4-5 strawberries into small pieces and puree the remaining in a blender.
Stir together ½ cup rolled oats, ½ cup yogurt, ¼ cup milk, 2 teaspoon chia seeds, ¼ cup chopped strawberries, ¼ cup strawberry puree, 1 tablespoon honey, and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
Cover the bowl with a lid and refrigerate for 6-8 hours or overnight. If you are in a hurry, you can soak the oats for a minimum of 2-3 hours. They will not be as soft though.
Add more milk if the oats are too thick and mix well. Top with your favorite toppings and serve.
Top the overnight oats with fresh fruits like ripe banana, juicy strawberries, kiwi, mangoes, melons, raspberries, blueberries, apples, etc.
You can also top them with almond butter, peanut butter, jam, or compote.
Coconut flakes, grated dark chocolate, chocolate chips, granola, nuts, seeds like flax seeds, hemp seeds, etc are some other options that you can top the oats with.
Frequently Asked Questions
Use only old-fashioned rolled oats to make overnight oats. Instant oats (quick oats) get too soggy and steel-cut oats don’t become soft enough.
To make a vegan version, use coconut milk and yogurt instead of dairy milk and yogurt. Also use maple syrup instead of honey, to sweeten the overnight oats.
Yes, they are very healthy. Overnight are loaded with fibers and protein. They keep you full for a long time aiding in weight loss. They are also a good source of vitamins and minerals like copper, magnesium, manganese, zinc, etc.
If the oats look too thick, add more milk to them and mix well again.
You can serve these chilled or hot. To serve them hot, microwave the soaked oats until warm. Top with toppings and serve.
After soaking the oats, you can transfer individual portions into mason jars and refrigerate. Just grab a jar and you can have your breakfast on the go.
These creamy overnight strawberry oats will last in the fridge for about 5 days. Cover the bowl tightly with a lid or transfer the leftover oats to an airtight container so that the oats don’t absorb the fridge smell and taste weird.
Use a clean and dry spoon every time you eat from the bowl.
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Healthy Strawberry Overnight Oats Recipe (Easy Make-Ahead Breakfast)
- Stir together rolled oats, yogurt, milk, chia seeds, strawberries, strawberry puree, honey, and vanilla extract in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
- Cover the bowl with a lid and refrigerate for 6-8 hours or overnight. If you are in a hurry, you can soak the oats for a minimum of 2-3 hours. They will not be as soft though.
- Add more milk if the oats are too thick and mix well. Top with your favorite toppings and serve.